My Favorite Kentucky Reel

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Doug Carpenter
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My Favorite Kentucky Reel

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This reel was obtained at a Lexington, Kentucky yard sale in 1971.
There are no marks to identify the maker.
Each of the major parts are stamped with the number 5.
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The diameter of the tail plate is 2 1/8 inches.
The gear box is 2 3/4 inches long.
The large external gear box produces a 5 to 1 retrieve ratio.
The handle grasp appears to be made from bone.
Two different color/types of brass were used in the construction.
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Awesome reel! Thanks for posting.
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That reel has alot going on !! Very nice !! John

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I think whoever came up with the saying "too cool" was talking about that reel.

Thanks for showing it off Doug.

I like it !

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After 30+ years of reel collecting I don’t say this lightly: that is one of the coolest reels I’ve ever seen.

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Wow that is nice!

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Doug, this is not only a very nice looking reel, but I bet it fished well. I would love to see the innards. Thank you for showing us your favorite.
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I have to agree with Dean - Too Cool!

Thanks for sharing.
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Doug, was the reel in the $5 bin? Maybe you can bring it to Bourbon and Reels tonight and tell us more. Thanks for sharing.
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Now that reel has character! I like it! Thanks for sharing!

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I love the reels that just defy description. Amazing reel, if it could only talk!
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Wow!!

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reeltackle wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:42 am
I love the reels that just defy description. Amazing reel, if it could only talk!
Ed-

It kind of looks like it can talk.

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Most of y'all know I'm not much into "lashers" but this one sure did get my attention! :wink: That is one cool old reel! :shock: Thanks for letting us marvel at it Doug! :cool
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Doug, in today's vernacular, one might refer to that as a "rat rod" reel! Very cool, very interesting, thanks for sharing!!
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Blown away. Incredible reel!

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That is one unique reel. I love it!! I would like to hold that one for just a few minutes. Beautiful! :shock:

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Gasp! What a piece of history and given where you go to garage sales, that is a most interesting history, no doubt!

But what is up with this thread!! It shows as being a year old and resurrected by Dr Todd???! If thread is really a year old, what has happened with the reel since then? Has a mechropsy been performed???! Hey, i just invented the perfect word for this :type: … i just crack me up!).

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